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University of Southampton Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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  • Limited opportunities for career progression outside of your current role (in 3 reviews)

  • Parking spaces are like gold dust (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "ISVR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good, Good, Good, Good, Good,

    Cons

    Cant think of any at the moment

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The staff are alright. Southampton is not a very bad place to live in but you can get bored easily.
    If you prefer a quiet life then Southampton is for you. The UNiversity itself is prestigious and one of the top Universities in the country.

    Cons

    They need to put more effort into managign funds when it comes to student projects especially in engineering.
    Students should be encouraged to participate in moe technical projects.

    Advice to Management

    Try to concentrate on your strengths and improve the Engineering faculty. The rankings of the University have been falling over the past couple of years.


  3. "A good place for a short rime career"

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    Former Employee - Catering Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Catering Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are good fun to work with

    Cons

    Management are not very interested in their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Take more interest in your staff


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  5. "PhD student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Research Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Research Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travelling a lot is a great benefit. There is a huge amount of freedom and flexibility in working hours and decisions about your work.

    Cons

    The pressure to publish all results can very quickly become very daunting. One often feels the need to finish off projects which become less interesting or simply impossible to achieve.

    Advice to Management

    Be more respectful of the students and their time, give them projects which are interesting.


  6. "A friendly environment"

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    Current Contractor - Postgraduate Researcher in Highfield, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Postgraduate Researcher in Highfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Southampton as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, good reputation, good facilities, constantly developing and expanding

    Cons

    Recent cuts in funding, not many academic job opportunities post-PhD

    Advice to Management

    More career opportunities, more attention to teaching quality


  7. "Mixed bag"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible working hours, some fantastic colleagues, good pension scheme, fair annual leave allowance plus university closure days, some bonuses available, internal cpd available.

    Cons

    No support for external CPD or even to study with the Uni itself, organisational values aren't acted upon, some people overworked to make up of mediocrity of others.

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff to develop themselves, act on your new values, be aware of how you and your office are perceived around the University, recognise the disparity of effort amongst many staff.


  8. "Good university and amenities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good resources for a PhD student
    Nice leafy campus
    Depending on the supervisor a good work life balance is possible

    Cons

    Chemistry department currently has a 36 hour minimum before any money can be claimed for marking or demonstrating, pretty sure this is the only department in the UK doing this.
    Some members of staff think shouting is the way forward.


  9. "Friendly environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Try to maintain employment for those already employed
    good holiday
    annual pay increases
    flexible working
    mentor scheme

    Cons

    Difficult to progress
    Bad IT support - old computers, you get a new computer every 6 years. So I bought my own!


  10. "SUSU bartender"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible working hours around uni commitments

    Cons

    none i can think of really


  11. "Chemistry student life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    Russel group uni, good prospects, good night life in southampton

    Cons

    long hours, labs are especially time consuming. in the first two years you have to write a lab report weekly, they can take up to 12 hours

    Advice to Management

    communicate between departments more effectively. Many of my superioirs have no idea when i have deadlines or how the course is structured as a whole



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